Prepping Prisons for the Flu


08.27.09jailWith shared bedrooms, bathrooms, community space and eating quarters, jails and prisons are particularly vulnerable to disease outbreaks, including the flu, but a new report by the American Parole and Probation Association finds that many of the nation’s incarceration facilities are ill-prepared for such an event. Of 25 study respondents in 17 states, only half had a Continuity of Operations Plan for an emergency, and just seven had pandemic-specific plans.

Guidelines published by the APPA recommend planning for staff shortages, determining what rules can be altered during an emergency and identifying alternative housing options for infected persons.

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